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Talking SMaSH with BeerSmith

Brad Smith of BeerSmith fame had me on his show last week to talk SMaSH and the beauty of simplicity. 

Check it out! Beer Smith Blog: Single Malt and Single Hop (SMASH) with Drew Beechum – BeerSmith Podcast #51

If you have any questions or want to tell me how horribly wrong I am, let me know in the comments below!

John's Westvleteren 12 Clone

Beer won "favorite beer" of June meeting and 1st place 2012 LACF. Lots of dark fruit, some bubble gum, also a little banana. Flavor about halfway between Westvleteren 12 and St. Bernardus ABT 12. It was big hit at 2012 AHA Club Night. Beer ages well. Should reach it's peak in 2015.
Brew Date: 
12/17/2011
Brewed By: 
John Aitchison
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Nine Beers Americans No Longer Drink

Yahoo Finance create a list of beer brands that have suffered drastic sales slides since 2006.

Their sales analysis didn't include craft beers or the malternatvie segment, but instead looking at major brands. It is interesting to see that of all the brands to take a hit, the biggest percentage loss belongs to Michelob which from dropped from 2006's 500,000 barrels to 2011's 140,000 barrels or MGD with the biggest volume loss of 1.7 million barrels!

It's the End of the World

Enjoyed a wonderful Stone IPA.  Called Enjoy by 12/21/12. 

Not very bitter, it has a rich malt profile with an intense hop aroma and flavor. 

Blending project

Rocky and I have emptied our sour barrel and now have about 18 gallons of it. Seeing as we have so much of it we thought it would be fun to do a blend, using this beer as a base. I would like to invite any brewers with sour, funky, or unusual beers to participate. I would like to end up with 5 gallons of finished blend so we have enough to age and share. Please comment on this post if you are interested in participating. The way I see it, we should all meet up some where with at least a 22oz sample and go from there.

Beer Advent Calendar

http://www.instructables.com/id/beer-advent-calendar/

Count down to the holidays with a special calendar that reveals a different beer every day. The beer advent calendar adds a little mystery to your holiday drinking. There are 24 days in most advent calendars, but mine is 25 - because if there is any day when you're going to want a beer I think it would be the 25th.

Thank You Falcons!!! Toy Drive a Huge Success!

 

Dearest Falcons!
I just wanted to thank each and everyone of you for taking the time to bring a toy to our 4th Annual Spark of Love Toy Drive. We collected  3 giant Hefty bags full of toys for the children. We delivered them to the Fire Department on Fallbrook. They were truly astounded to see how many toys we were unloading from the car. They asked us to thank all of you for your generosity.  

December Newsletter

Volume: 
v. 38
Issue: 
i. 12
Newsletter Date: 
12/2012

Here is the December Newsletter.  Sorry it is a little late. 

I hade some problems with a guy named Murphy. 

December shop brew (Dougweiser)

I will be heading the December shop brew,  30 gallons of Dougweiser, I will be using the same methods and recipe Doug King himself showed me while we brewed this beer several times on the old shop system.  This is a labor intensive brew as two mashes will be going at the same time.

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2013 Doug King Memorial Competition

Abbreviation: 
2013 DKM

COMPETITION RESULTS

Note: a decision was made by the staff to split the smoke and wood aged beers into their own category (Class 26) and offer more medals.

Best of Show Winner

Craig Wickham, Doug Harlan, A Dean Lynn for their Honey Hibiscus Blonde Ale

First Runner-up

Chris Rockwell, Bret Goldhorn for their Rye Barrel Stout

Stone Brewing Night at Prohibition Burgers & Beer

Hey Everyone,

Just a heads up.. If any of you are fans of Stone Brewery, then you might wanna check out this event at Prohibition Burgers & Beer in Encino.

STONE BREWING NIGHT AT PROHIBITION

Wednesday November 28th / 6pm - 11pm

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Mayfaire Fest 2013

Join us for our annual Mayfaire fest on 19 May 2013 that will be held again at the popular KOA in ActonThe camp is located on the bank of the Santa Clara River about 25 miles away from the north SF Valley

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November Shop Brew Sunday the 18th!

UPDATE: Six people have signed up for this shop brew, making a full crew plus one on wait list. As ever, you can still go to the brew session, crew or no, without taking home a share of wort.

Our monthly Club Shop Brew is set for Sunday, November 18th at 8:00 a.m. Our newly confirmed President Steve Rosolio is going to lead the crew in brewing a strong Scotch ale, a sumptuously malty delicious style. This is one of Steve's preferred styles, so it should be an informative session.

 

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November Newsletter

Volume: 
v. 38
Issue: 
i. 11
Newsletter Date: 
10/2012

Here is the November Newsletter. 

Maltose Falcons Calendar of Events 2013

Maltose Falcons Calendar of Events 2013

 

General Membership Memberships

Maltose Falcons Membership       11/4/2012

Maltose Falcons Membership       12/2/2012

Maltose Falcons Membership       1/6/2013

Maltose Falcons Membership       2/10/2013

Maltose Falcons Membership       3/3/2013

Maltose Falcons Membership       4/7/2013

Maltose Falcons Membership       6/2/2013

Maltose Falcons Membership       7/7/2013

Maltose Falcons Membership       9/8/2013

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Holiday Beer Tasting at The Stuffed Sandwich 2012

The Falcons (and other beer lovers) are set for a tasting of Holiday beers and more at the world famous Stuffed Sandwich on Saturday December 8th at 1PM.

The cost will be $30 plus the cost of your mandatory sandwich.  Seating limited to 30 people so make your reservation early.

Pay for your reserved seat here:

http://maltosefalcons.com/content/holiday-tasting-stuffed-sandwich-2012

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November Club Meeting

The Falcons are back at the shop for our "monthly" membership meeting!

Time to sit down, relax and enjoy some homebrew while we take care of business and lunch.

The meeting will start with a technical presentation and a commercial beer tasting (TBD), if you have suggestions or requests, please email grandhydrometer@maltosefalcons.com.

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Beaver Tail Melomel

Prickly pear melomel
Brew Date: 
10/19/2012
Brewed By: 
Good old Rich & OJ
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Southern California Home Brewers Festival 2013

The SCHF website is now open!  Get your memberships!   The website is slow, be patient!

Come join the Falcons and 34 other home brewing clubs at the Southern California Home Brewers Festival May 3-5, 2013 at beautiful Lake Casitas near Ojai. CHA Membership annual membership (see http://calhomebrewers.org/) is $40 until Feb 28, $45 in March, and $50 after March. You must purchase your CHA membership by May 2, 2013 or you will not be allowed into the fest.

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Oktoberfest 2012 What a Party

Another great Falcon's party into the history books.  There was great beer, great music and great friends. 

I have had many a request for the mac&cheese recipe.  Here it is:

 

Mac & Cheese

2 tbs butter

2 tbs flour

2 cup heavy cream

1 tsp Coleman’s dry mustard or 2 tsp Sierra Nevada mustard

1 or 2 bay leaf

salt & pepper

hot sauce (Tabasco, Frank’s, etc), to taste

2# cheese (sharp cheddar, gruyere, parmesan, mozzarella)

 

Harvesting Prickly Pears For Brewing

 

So I found a TON of ripe prickly pears by my friends house so I thought I'd put together a little how-to. Check out the pictures here

Szechuan Cherry Tonic

Another year, another LA Beer Week Festival and this time, we brought a "soda bar". Folks from Pacific Gravity and Strand Brewers joined us to pour a set of refreshers for the crowd.
Brew Date: 
09/29/2012
Brewed By: 
Drew Beechum
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Very Berry Melomel

Attempting to produce a semi-sweet mead with 14% alcohol and 2% residual sugar. If it comes out even half as good as Wickham's killer raspberry melomel, I'll be well pleased.
Brew Date: 
09/29/2012
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PHB2234
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What to do when it's too damned hot to brew beer? (Other than simply drink beer?)

Why, one does a very berry melomel instead! No slaving over a hot mash tun or boil kettle. No worrysome timing of hop additions. Easy clean up and no disposal of spent grains. And best of all, no worrying about fermentation temperature. There's 6+ gallons of must in a plastic fermenter in my garage, happily bubbling away. The most difficult part of the entire process was dealing with all the bees that were attracted when I opened the pail of honey and decanted it to pour into the water.

October Newsletter

Volume: 
v. 38
Issue: 
i. 10
Newsletter Date: 
10/2012

Here is the Newsletter.  Oktoberfest is next week.

Content (articles, pictures, etc) is always welcome!!!  Please submit by 10/24/12.

Sorry  the newsletter is out so late.  The editor was waiting for some last-minute submissions.

Beard Beer: Rogue Ales Creates Brew Out Of Yeast From Brewmaster John Maier's Facial Hair

Beard Beer: Rogue Ales Creates Brew Out Of Yeast From Brewmaster John Maier's Facial Hair

The Huffington Post  |  By Hilary Hanson Posted: 09/26/2012 3:56 pm EDT Updated: 09/26/2012 4:04 pm EDT

 
Beard Beer Rogue Ales

 

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